This is the long overdue introduction to me, and why I can now write this blog, and what thoughts and ideas of which I'm trying to increase the visibility.
FIRST: About me. I am a Retired Navy Nuclear Engineer and Conservative (really small "l" libertarian) by education and experience who recently retired and has time to write down his thoughts. I hope sound ideas, articulately stated can convince some and reduce the chaos that the Communist, Democratic (but I repeat myself) punditry is creating. Comments, calmly stated, are always welcome. Try not to be too profane.
A small "L" libertarian is one who is happy with as little Government as possible, and control at the lowest level of Government as possible. NOT NO GOVERNMENT. I spent all my adult working life (44.5 years) working for the Federal Government; first in the Navy; then as a contractor supporting the DON, then A Federal Agency; then the DoD. "Provide for the Common Defense" is clearly articulated in our Constitution.
Reading anything and everything as a Federal Government job under the rubric of "Promote the General Welfare" clause (or the interstate commerce paragraph) is a gross overreach; and I JUST SAY NO.
I use JUST SAY NO as my watch words for this blog. I'm happy with a LIMITED FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of the Several States, as articulated (masterfully) in our Constitution.
In addition to the Preamble to the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Declaration of Independence is a much longer statement of the goals our Founding Fathers wanted in the country they were building. Among others:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
There is much more, but this early paragraph is a key passage. Rights don't come from the Government; but are guaranteed by the government, and come from our innate humanity (or from the higher power that made us in his image, if you prefer). We are guaranteed the right "to pursue happiness", it does NOT guarantee happiness for all.
The phrase "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" is also important. This is what I call "SERVANT LEADERSHIP" (thanks USMC) and I wish we had more of it at all levels of government; from my local HOA up to the Federal Government. When the governing body treats the citizenry as subjects and not their employers Government loses sight of why they are there. We are getting more that way each day now.
Anyway I hope you enjoy my thoughts and tips are welcome.